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DUB airport is found in Ireland just outside the city of Dublin, and is the largest airport on island, with more passengers than Belfast International Airport and the George Belfast City Airport. It is also busier than the airports of Cork and Shannon. Dublin is the 17th busiest in the world for international traffic as well. It’s total yearly passenger numbers are between eighteen and twenty-three million. The airport can be reached by public transport, but passengers in private vehicles will find the airport directions quite simple to follow, as it is nearby a few main roads. Detailed directions are also available online, and from the airport information desk.
Dublin Airport is an establishment in the Republic of Ireland, and is approximately 10km, or 6.2 miles north of the city centre of Dublin. It is located in Collinstown, in the county of Fingal. Besides Collinstown, it is particularly nearby the areas of Ashbourne, Newtown, Forrest Little, Middletown, Turnapin Little and Cloghran, and is also nearby to the Siloge Park Golf Course and the Forrest Little Golf Club. The town of Swords is found just north of the airport. On a larger scale, the city of Dublin and it’s airport can be considered as north of Waterford, Wexford and Dun Laoghaire, south of Belfast, Newry and Dundalk and to the east of Galway, Athlone and Tullamore. There isn’t many cities to the east of the airport, as it is bordered on this side by the Irish Sea. Across the sea is Manchester, in the United Kingdom.
The main road providing access to the airport is the M1, while the roads leading past the airport are Swords Road and Dublin Road. The Old Airport Road follows the southern perimeter of the airport, while the R108 circles around it’s western perimeter, and continues to the north. North of the airport is Naul Road. The city of Dublin has a ring road known as the M50, and from various points along this road, the major highways of the country branch out in all directions.
Direction from Dublin city and the south
From the city of Dublin, motorists will need to reach the M1 from the M50 ring road. From the city centre it can be reached directly from the N1 (Swords Road), or the R108 can be taken past Baile Munna. From south of the city centre, the E1 (N11) provides a connection to the N1, or the N81 to Jamestown can be taken for a link to the N1. Motorists may also wish to circle Dublin on the M50 ring road, and then turn to the north on the M1. Keep left once on the M1, and turn off for the airport at the first roundabout. From these major roads Dublin Airport is well signposted.
The main roads leading from areas further south of Dublin include the N11 from Wexford, passing Enniscorthy, Gorey, Arklow, Wicklow, Greystones and Dun Laoghaire, the N81 from Ballon and passing Tullow, Rathvilly and Blessington, the M9 from Waterford passing Kilkenny, Carlow and Newbridge and the M7 from Limerick, passing Nenagh, Porlaoise and Kildare. The M8 branches off from the M7, and serves as a major road from Cork, and passes Thurles. When nearing Dublin, the M50 can be taken from any of these roads, or motorists can travel through the city on the N1, N2 or R108.
Directions from the north
The M1 is the main road from the north of Ireland, and passes close by to the eastern coastline of the island. It can be taken in a southerly direction towards Dublin from as far as Belfast, and the main cities/towns passed en-route will include Lisburn, Newry, Dundalk, Drogheda and nearer, Swords. Simply turn off to the right at the airport roundabout, and head for the terminal from where your flight departs.
Directions from the west
The M6 is the main road leading from Galway found to the west of Dublin Airport, and this road passes Athlone and Maynooth on it’s way to Dublin. The M6 changes to the M4 shortly before Maynooth is reached. Another main road heading northwest from Dublin is the M3, providing access to the city from Kells and Navan.
Motorists in private vehicles will find more than 15,000 parking spaces from which to choose once arriving, and two large terminal buildings known as Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is the airport’s latest development, and is a 75,000 square metre building with the capacity of fifteen million passengers per annum. It features 19 air bridges and is from where the majority of the airport’s long-haul flights are handled. The airline companies present at Terminal 2 include Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Emirates, United and Delta. Terminal 1 is the older building of the airport, opened in 1972, and has a new pier from where the majority of Ryanair flights are handled. It also has a new extension for food and retail outlets. All short-haul flights are operated from Terminal 1, apart from those of Aer Lingus.
The facilities in both terminal are extensive, and there is seldom a need to transfer between the buildings. There is a huge variety of airport shops, and a great selection of bars and restaurants, many of which are found in an area known as ‘The Loop’. Further facilities include post boxes, currency exchange services, internet access points, left luggage services, medical services, baby-changing facilities, pharmacies, business meeting rooms and a multi-faith prayer room. Passengers will find the check-in desks of Terminal 1 on the first floor of the building, in the Departures Hall, and in Terminal 2, the check-in desks are on the ground floor. The airport is open twenty-four hours a day, and is equipped to welcome passengers with reduced mobility challenges.
A large selection of bus and coach companies also provide transport to the airport, and taxis are available from all nearby areas, however, there is no direct rail link to Dublin Airport. In the further a train station may be a possibility. The Airlink 747 (also known as the Dublin Bus) is a bus from the city, and other bus companies from the Dublin area include Aircoach, Flybus and Urbus. The intercity bus services from Cork, Wexford, Limerick, Portlaoise, Tullamore, Athlone and many more locations, are run by the companies of Ardcavan, Aircoach, Bus Eireann, Citylink, Dublin Coach, John Mcginley, JJ Kavanagh, GoBus and Wexford Bus.
The airport directions in further detail are available online, at http://maps.google.com, or the airport can be contacted for information at +353 (0)1 814 1111.